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Carer’s Allowance

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have ceased to receive carers allowance due to the receipt of (a) a pension and (b) an other income replacement benefit in (i) St Ives constituency, (ii) Cornwall and (iii) England in each of the last five years. (287927)

The available information is in the following table:

Number of people who ceased to receive carer’s allowance when they began claiming state pension or another income replacement benefit

March to February each year

St. Ives parliamentary constituency

Cornwall unitary authority

England

2004-05

20

100

7,410

2005-06

20

150

7,740

2006-07

30

170

9,120

2007-08

40

180

10,020

2008-09

30

160

10,140

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Data show those people who ceased receiving carer’s allowance and began receiving state pension or another income replacement benefit in the same quarter but retained underlying entitlement.

Source:

Information Directorate Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2009, Official Report, column 690W, on carer's allowance, if she will extend carer's allowance to include a costs-related element. (289331)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people were eligible to receive carer's allowance in each local authority area on the latest date for which figures are available; (289390)

(2) how many and what proportion of people were in receipt of carer's allowance in each local authority area on the latest date for which figures are available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department spent on the administration of carer’s allowance in the last five years. (289707)

The following table shows the administration costs for carer’s allowance over the last five financial years.

Total (£)

2004-05

18,703,511

2005-06

19,765,641

2006-07

20,189,552

2007-08

18,881,544

2008-09

15,912,162

Notes:

Total administration costs include:

1. Staff: including salaries, national insurance, superannuating, overtime costs and other payroll adjustments.

2. Non staff: including medical evidence costs, travel, subsistence, postage and general office expenses i.e. stationery.

3. Recharges: payments given to take account of additional costs incurred piloting changes to working practises.

Source:

General ledgers (GL) and expenditure reports.